The Assistant Stork
Your Document And Visa Specialists

The US Department of State, the Embassies and the Assistant Stork will be closed Monday, February 18, 2013 for President's Day.


As of 9/17/2012

The US Department of State is changing their processing time.  Instead of processing documents while you wait, it will now take 3 - 5 business days.

Courier for Taiwan Documents

For your fee, we look over the documents as soon as we receive them and check them for accuracy.  If there are any problems with your documents, we let you know immediately.  We take your documents to the State Department as soon as possible after we receive them.  (The State Department is only open 8AM - 9AM and the mail comes in too late for us to take them through the same day we get them.)  At the State Department, we wait in line to drop off your documents.  They give us a receipt telling us when we can pick them back up.  This can take up to 5 days, but usually they process them for us overnight.  We check to be sure that they authenticate every single document correctly (after all, they're human beings, they make mistakes too) before we leave the State Department.

As soon as that's finished,  we take your documents to the Embassy for Authentication.   We leave your documents with the Embassy and they give us a receipt telling us what day to pick them up.  We double check your documents when we pick them up from the Embassy and then we send the completed documents, along with your receipts, back to you.  If you wish your documents to be forwarded to your agency, please include a SASE for us to send your receipts back to you.

The State Department will only let a person take through 15 documents per day.  If you have more than 15 documents, we have to make two trips.  So that'll take an extra day and we will have to divide your documents.   Please write one check to the US Dept of State for the first 15 ($120) and another check for whatever is left over those 15. You do not need to write two checks to the Embassy.  We will take all your documents to the Embassy together.

Please use the service of your choice (i.e. FedEx/ExpressMail/UPS) to mail your documents to:
The Assistant Stork

Laura Morrison

2144 Aquia Drive

Stafford, VA  22554

Our phone number is:  540-659-6845

Please be sure to sign the "waiver of signature" on your package if you send your documents via ExpressMail.  We are in DC processing dossiers when the mail carrier arrives.  There is a special place the mail carrier leaves the dossiers that only he or she can see from our door, not visible to the street.  This is not necessary with UPS or FedEx, but please do not REQUIRE a signature.  Do not bother sending your package any faster than Priority Overnight.  We live far enough away from the airport that First Overnight does not get here until long after Steve has left for DC. 

Please email us your tracking number when you send your documents so we'll know to look for them.

1.  A check made out to "The Assistant Stork" for $75 for the first document, $20 for each additional document. 

2.  A check made out to "U.S. Department of State" for $8 per document. (Two separate checks if more than 15 documents.)

3.  A money order (they won't accept personal checks) made out to "TECRO" for $15 per document = 2-3 day turnaround.

4.  A copy of your passport or driver's license (does not need notary)

5.  A notarized limited Power of Attorney giving "Stephen Morrison" permission to submit and pick up your documents

6.  A complete set of photocopies of your documents - we will photocopy the US Dept of State's seals

7.  A prepaid, self addressed FedEx/UPS/ExpressMail (whichever you prefer) envelope for me to send you back your visa.  (If you choose to send FedEx or UPS, get a FedEx or UPS account number.  They are free.  Go to or  You can print your label right off your printer!

8.  A self addressed, stamped envelope for us to send you back your receipts if your documents are being forwarded by us to your agency

9. A note with phone numbers where I can reach you if there are any problems.  Please include the name, contact name and number of your Adoption Agency.  If we can't reach you, we can usually reach them.

For more information, please check out our "Courier Service" page on our website:   Please call or email if you have any other questions.  Our number is 540-659-6845 and we're available M-F from 9AM-4PM EST.

Laura & Steve Morrison
The Assistant Stork
Document and Visa facilitation service